With Christmas almost literally around the corner now, people all over the world are beginning to bust out those dusty boxes filled with old Christmas decorations to decorate the office and bring a bit of holiday cheer into work. This time of year it’s impossible to escape the Christmas buzz what with the songs playing on music systems in retail shops, your local coffee shop breaking out the holiday syrups and Santa Claus ringing his bell on street corners for charity money. But what about office Christmas? How does it benefit or hinder work performance? Read ahead to learn more.
Happy Employees = Productive Employees
It’s no secret that happy employees make productive employees and part of cultivating an environment that encourages happy employees is to allow things like decorating the office for Christmas. Did you know that Furniture at Work has started a competition for the best decorated office that comes with a cash prize? What better way to encourage team building than to get your team to band together to compete in their #DeckYourDesk competition for a chance to win a juicy £500! Not only that, but you will have a truly festive office to enjoy for the month of December! Win-win, right?
Don’t Be A Scrooge
If a happy employee is a productive employee then an unhappy employee is the opposite, right? Right! Not decorating for Christmas in the office can be detrimental to overall team morale, thinking of themselves just another human cog in the corporate chain and undervalued by management. This can actually cause employees to feel taken advantage of as well as potentially sow seeds of discord that can fester and cause huge issues later. We’re not saying this can all come as a result of not decorating for Christmas, but that can definitely be another nail in the coffin for an already precarious team dynamic, so why take risks? Just break out the garland!
Happiness In The Workplace Is Key To Longevity
Teams who decorate together, stay together. Okay, not always but creating a team environment by getting everyone on board with decorating can really bring the team together. Take it one level further and organise an office Secret Santa. Celebrating as a team is a great way to build relationships in the team and create your own little community that rely on each other and are willing to help one another when needed. Ultimately by doing simple things like getting in the spirit of various holidays throughout the year, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, Easter or more can help keep employees happy and happy to remain with your firm for longer, ultimately reducing costs associated with retraining new employees when disgruntled existing ones leave.
So if you’re looking to create an awesome, fun-filled atmosphere in your office, start by getting everyone to decorate. It doesn’t have to take away from the day and it doesn’t have to take forever, but by setting aside even one hour from your week you could be setting your team up for a great foundation of happiness and collective teamwork that will serve you well for years to come!